Fall 2K15 Playlist

Fall 2K15 Playlist

The fall season is almost upon us and with that comes hoodies, pumpkin spice everything and most importantly Halloween Oreos. But with all these things coming back into style one thing is always in limbo: what music to listen to. 

This playlist was created to be a hybrid of upbeat songs that can be listened to during those dew covered, foggy mornings, driving home at night from a football game or watching a bonfire with friends. These songs can be both upbeat but can also mellow you out. 

Songs like “Survival of the Fittest” and “Shadowboxin’” are from the golden age of hip-hop and are more hardcore sounds from the East Coast of that era. On the same token, both tracks offer a style that is easily accessible and feature beats that are sure to be stuck in listener’s heads for hours. 

“Home,” “Dirty Paws” and “Wake Up” are similar in style and in sound. All three serve up warm feelings of nostalgia for mornings spent watching the game with family or staying in to watch a movie, even for first time listeners. Another thing that makes these tracks great for this time of year is that they are all great road trip songs. “Dirty Paws” is especially grandiose as it starts out with just a guitar and vocals eventually moving to percussion and brass. 

“What is and What Should Never Be” may not be Led Zeppelin’s most popular song, but with Robert Plant crooning along to one groovy bass line from John Paul Jones, immediately paired with John Bonham’s thunderous drums on the chorus, this song serves as the heart of this list. 

The Toadies’ “Possum Kingdom” also features one of the better basslines to come out of 90s alternative as well as a haunting lyrics from singer Vaden Lewis asking if the person in the song wants to die. This is probably the closest to a horror-rock song on a list that features no Misfits or The Cramps. 

Rounding out the rest of the alternative is The Strokes’ “Modern Age” from their outstanding debut “Is This It,” and two songs from The White Stripes, “Ball and Biscuit” and “Dead Leaves and Dirty Ground.” 

The White Stripes were always known for their blend of blues and garage rock, and that is not more apparent than on these two tracks from their albums “Elephant” and “White Blood Cells,” respectively. “Dead Leaves and Dirty Ground” has enough fall imagery to paint a museum. With Jack White’s signature whiny guitar and vocals dripping out of his mouth, this track is signature White Stripes. “Ball and Biscuit” is the longest song the duo ever released and is well worth the seven minute length. Featuring wailing guitar solos and subdued verses, “Ball and Biscuit” is like the song that plays when the new guy walks into a dive bar. 

“Modern Age” is garage rock to a tee. Simple drum beats, plucky guitars and singer Julian Casablancas mumbling his way into yelling the final chorus make this track ooze with a chill attitude. 

The final tracks, Gorillaz’s “Feel Good Inc.,” Grimes’ “Oblivion,” Kid Cudi’s “Simple As…” and the Beastie Boys’ “Sure Shot” are all the songs that combine energy with hip beats. “Simple As…” melds violins and heavy bass and Cudi’s naturally smooth voice to make for something you could run to, or listen to after a long day. “Oblivion” is 80s synth pop and production, with spacey vocals from Grimes. It’s an outta sight song, and emits sounds of a pop era since past and much like “Simple As…” has a lot of mellow energy. 

“Feel Good Inc.” is something of a mixed bag for this playlist. In keeping with the mostly chill and inviting atmosphere, “Feel Good Inc.” offers that in the first verse with an iconic bass line and melancholy vocals from 2D. When rap trio De La Soul takes over halfway through the songs, things switch from mellow to more aggressive, however, it still has every right to be in your fall song rotation. 

Beastie Boys have been known to always be different and mix things up, and that’s exactly what they did on their 1994 song “Sure Shot.” The track combines traditional hip-hop beats and percussion with a flute loop that is sure to be stuck in your head after a minute. It’s one of the band’s more underrated songs but it’s a perfect blend of hip-hop swagger with a hint of upbeat jazzy flavor making it one of the most unique songs on this playlist.  

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